Sepsis is a life-threatening condition which has in recent years become a high priority for healthcare providers. Early recognition and prompt management of sepsis can improve outcomes for patients, reducing the risk of mortality and morbidity. This could potentially save 14,000 lives and result in 400,000 fewer days in hospital for patients every year, according to estimates by the Sepsis Trust.
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides acute hospital services to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. Acute care is provided at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. Sepsis accounts for around 1,200 acute admissions to the trust each year.
The Advancing Quality (AQ) sepsis programme offers a structured approach to embedding evidence-based care to improve consistency in the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis and deliver improved clinical outcomes and patient experience. Care delivery is assessed using a standardised measure set which also supports national sepsis reporting. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are using the AQ sepsis bundle to monitor care delivery after implementing improvement initiatives.
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